5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Labor Day Weekend

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5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Labor Day Weekend
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Ottawa/Samfox/Spirit of the Bear

Singer Dale DeLong and guitarist Tim Czajka formed the local indie rock act Ottawa in 2013 after their previous band, the Royaltons, dissolved. They had a good run with the Royaltons, which played around town from 2007 to 2010. But they've had an even better run with Ottawa, which has built a bigger local following and produced more material. New tracks such as "No More Love Songs" show off singer Dale DeLong's powerhouse voice and feature lacerating guitars and intense musical swells. Expect to hear plenty of unreleased tunes at tonight's show since the band has just finished recording a new album. (Jeff Niesel), 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Grog Shop.

David Curtis Band Album Release

A few years ago, local singer-songwriter David Curtis released his debut, It Is What It Is, an album of pop rock and alternative tunes. He followed it up two years ago with another full-length. Curtis, who now records and performs as David Curtis Band rather than David Curtis, has just released the shimmering ballad “Our Last Song," a tune that features hushed vocals and a string arrangement, and tonight's show will serve as the release party for his new album. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $10. CODA.

The Woggles/Barrence Whitfield and the Savages/45 Spider

A few years back, Professor Mighty Manfred, the man responsible for the screaming and shouting in the garage rock band the Woggles, met guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt for the first time at a club in Brooklyn. When Van Zandt, a renowned DJ as well as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, talked to Manfred after the Woggles had played, he gave them a ringing endorsement. He's later sign them to his label. In addition, Van Zandt has sponsored tonight's show that pairs the Woggles with Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, another veteran garage rock act, and locals 45 Spider. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern.


Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller

During the last 25 years, Rusted Root has played on some big stages supporting acts such as Santana, the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, the Allman Brothers Band, the HORDE Festival and the Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour. Its music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister and Matilda as well as in TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck. The band’s music even found its way into Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercials. The Pittsburgh-based band recently decided to go on hiatus, but frontman Michael Glabicki isn’t sitting still. He’s teamed up with guitarist Dirk Miller and embarked on a tour. 4 p.m. Royal Docks Brewing Co.


Death of Samantha/The Floyd Band

The Phantasy Nightclub, a Cleveland institution that once hosted concerts by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Pogues, the Damned, the Psychedelic Furs, the Cramps, Motorhead and the B-52s, will close after 45 years with one final concert that takes place tonight. The veteran Cleveland post-punk band Death of Samantha [pictured] will perform, and the local punk act the Floyd Band will reunite for the show as well. A Facebook post about the gig says there will be a special “mystery guest” too, and the club’s owners will give away Phantasy memorabilia too, including four of the theater's chairs that date back to 1915. In addition, a DJ will spin tunes by the many of the bands that have played the club over the years. (Niesel) 8 p.m., The Phantasy

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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